Can you believe it is back-to-school time already?! Yes, the footloose, fancy-free days of summer are coming to a close for the kiddos, and we will certainly miss them when they’re back at school. Going from carefree fun in the sun to routines, rule and homework can be daunting for parents as well as children, especially those entering school for the first time; but with a little preparation and the right attitude, it doesn’t have to be so hard.
I find that switching from a summer to a school schedule can be less stressful to everyone in the household if you ease into a school-year routine gradually. Two weeks before the first day, set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time,” and a few days before the start of school, practice going through your morning rituals and getting in the car or to the bus stop on time. Establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much more smoothly. Trust me, I speak from experience, given that I have three kids, ages 2, 10 and 21.
And while I’m on one of my favorite subjects, parenting—which also happens to be one of the themes of this month’s issue—let me add how important it is to be a positive influence on your kids. Strive to be the kind of person you wish your children to grow up to be. They look up to you, so they will likely mimic what you do. Avoid talking about others and being rude, and spend time engaged in positive activities that you enjoy, like reading this magazine!
Have an amazing August!